What are the Analysis tools and how are they used?
The Fathom Analysis Tools are an interactive and dynamic presentation of your financial and non-financial data. They focus on key business insights such as profitability, cash flow, and growth and are a great way to convey these concepts in a visual and intuitive way.
Because the tools are interactive, many Fathom users find they work great in a boardroom presentation, a screen share or Zoom meeting, or even on a tablet over a coffee.
If you are looking to create your own customised reports (either to share via online access or in PDF form), then you’re able to create custom reports in the Report Centre.
💡Pro Tip: Check out our Analysis Tools Overview video for a quick 10-min outline of the Analysis tools.
Types of Analysis Tools
In Fathom, there are 8 Analysis tools available for all companies and consolidated groups. Select an Analysis tool to skip ahead into the 'Analysis Tools Workflow' and learn more.
Analysis it performs
Visual of the tool
A summary of the performance of all active KPIs in the entity. Compare KPI performance to Target or prior periods. You're also able to drilldown into individual KPI's performance.
A more visual overview of the performance of your active KPIs. You're able to drilldown into KPI performance as well.
A chart displaying the company's breakeven point and demonstrating a business's potential for profit.
A waterfall chart displaying a company's cash inflows and outflows.
A chart that compares growth metrics against one another to display the growth path of the business over time.
A customisable chart that allows you to view the trend of business metrics and accounts over time.
An interactive tool that enables you to create a plan of action for achieving business goals.
The financials statements for the business, with comparisons to prior periods or the budget.
💡Pro Tip: If viewing a consolidated group or a company with divisions (e.g. classes, locations, tracking categories, etc.), then there is also an additional Breakdown tool. For companies included in a benchmark group, the Compare and Rank tools will also be options.
Navigating & Customising the Analysis Tools
There are four main options for every Analysis tool.
What it does
Change the company or group you’re viewing without leaving the Analysis tools
Choose the Analysis tool you want to view or interact with and download a PDF version of the current tool
Change the period displayed in the current Analysis Tool
Focus on the Analysis tools while presenting or sharing with others by removing the top Fathom navigation bar and presenting in ‘Full screen’ mode
When you have a lot of companies, consolidations, & benchmark groups to manage in your Fathom account, you can quickly switch to a different company or group whilst staying within the Analysis tools with the Company Finder.
You can access the company switcher by clicking the ‘⌄’ icon next to the entity name in the top left corner of Fathom. You can also open the company switcher by pressing ‘/’ on your keyboard.
The sidebar allows you to select an Analysis tool to view. From the sidebar, you're also able to select the download icon, found at the bottom of the sidebar, to create a PDF version of any of the analysis tools.
Change the period you're viewing by selecting the bolded smart text option in the upper right corner of the Analysis tools.
You can switch between monthly, quarterly, and yearly results. You're also able to make any quarter or year a 'partial period'.
You can change between periods quickly using the keyboard shortcuts for the month (m), quarter (q), and year (y).
In presentation mode, put the focus on your Analysis tools by removing the app top bar and expanding your browser to full screen. Presentation mode is great for management meetings with your team and also great for advisors, when presenting to clients.
You can access Presentation Mode quickly by pressing F11 for Windows or Ctrl + Cmd + f for macOS.
Keyboard shortcuts can be especially helpful while in presentation mode as they enable you to navigate and customise tools more quickly and seamlessly.
Easily navigate to the next or previous analysis tool with your up & down arrow keys. Shortcuts also enable you to quickly download a PDF report of the tool you’re currently viewing (d), or add a series to the Trend tool by opening the variable selector (v) without touching your mouse.
Clicking ‘Shift + ?’ on your keyboard will bring up the list of available shortcuts.
The 'Analysis Tools Workflow' takes you through the Analysis tools, explaining the insights into financial performance provided by each tool.
What you want to do:
Where to go next:
Begin the 'Analysis Tools Workflow' with the KPI Summary tool
View the KPI results in a more focused, wheel format
Determine the potential future profitability of the company
Invite others into your Fathom account to share insights